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Jul 21 2014

Unexpected Science: Sixth Grade Edition

Lionfish live in the ocean Little Lauren gets a notion: Might they live in rivers, too? Would they thrive in brackish water? Lauren, ichthyologist’s daughter, Knows just what to do Slowly starts desalination Learns some brand-new information Of which we’re now aware New understanding’s always great So, never underestimate The sixth-grade science fair! Via NPR, …

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Jul 08 2014

Vials Labeled “Variola” Found. Could Have Been Worse.

Unless you are from Brazil, the scariest news today may have been the discovery of forgotten, unsecured, vials labeled “variola” (smallpox, to you and me) in an NIH lab. Hey, at least it was labeled! I’ve been cleaning out my office these past weeks, and if that NIH lab had been anything like my office, …

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Jul 03 2014

Tornado Warnings, Now And Then

It was just the other morning When we heard the weather warning And we tried to drag the pets downstairs, for shelter from the storm I remembered, with a chortle, I was young once, and immortal, And defied the nearing twisters, playing Frisbee by the dorm Ah, but real life can be frightening— I’ve since …

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Jul 01 2014

But… Will They Accept Verses?

The new journal Science, Religion, and Culture is announcing a special issue focusing on “Atheism, Secularity, and Science”. It suggests the following topics: • Identifying and outlining Lakatosian research programmes in current atheism and secularity research – their advantages and limitations. • Philosophy of science critiques of current research on atheism and secularity. • Conceptualizing …

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May 19 2014

Unexpected Good News On The Cuttlefish Front

I have written before with bad news from Point Lowly, Spencer Gulf, in South Australia. That was from 2011; in 2012 the news was even worse, and last year things looked grim indeed. Unexpectedly, this year, the numbers are up again! Hundreds of giant Australian cuttlefish have swum into breeding grounds at the top of …

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Apr 22 2014

When Physicists Study Consciousness….

I’m looking for the fountain that will grant eternal youth; It is said to be in Florida—I’ll take that as the truth— Expert minds are in agreement (which is never quite the case) That the Florida peninsula has got to be the place Now, for centuries, they’ve mapped it, using all the latest tools And …

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Apr 04 2014

“A Greater Fool Than The Atheist”

There’s fools and then, there’s greater fools Like those who went to fancy schools For silly stuff like Kepler’s rules And other science stuff The planetary hows and whys Show God at work—that’s no surprise. You need to back your case with lies? The bible is enough So my aggregator threw a site at me …

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Mar 22 2014

Denser Than The Pre-Expansion Universe

Expansion of the cosmos At a faster pace than light Renders Genesis a fairy tale, It seems—alas, not quite. The mental calisthenics That it takes to make them fit Will keep believers straining, when An honest mind would quit “A believer and a scientist”, Is how she chose to live— But disconfirming evidence Meant something …

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Mar 02 2014

On Debating Christian Apologists

Debating an apologist? Get ready for a fight Cos you’ve got an obligation To get all the science right— If you overstep your knowledge Just a little, and you’re caught, Then you’ve lost the weight of science And you only get one shot If your expertise is physics, Or biology, or psych, Best to know …

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Feb 21 2014

A Tasty And Nutritious Sausage, Low Fat and Low Sodium, With Only A *Hint* Of Baby Poop

The latest health craze? Here’s the scoop: It’s sausage made with baby poop. Or (as the press release explains) With cultured pro-biotic strains So you can populate your gut With flora from a baby’s butt The best advice these authors give? For better health… eat shit and live! This is actually a pretty cool paper, …

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